A special program aims to accommodate EU citizens England To survive, save a Brexit mess. But shortly before the critical deadline, experts fear hundreds of people will soon face legal issues because they are over-demanding for new status. On June 30, the application deadline for the so-called EU settlement plan ends, much like pre-Brexit rights aimed at guaranteeing EU citizens living in Great Britain.
“Anyone who does not apply by the deadline and cannot prove a good reason to apply late will lose their right to residency without immediate change,” a statement issued by Think Tank UK in a changing Europe released on Wednesday said. These people are then at risk of deportation. Hundreds of thousands could be affected.
Digital process as a barrier for some groups
EU citizens and people are eligible to apply for this program Norway, Island, Liechtenstein And this SwitzerlandThose who were in the UK by the end of last year. Experts believe that the elderly, foster children and the homeless are particularly at risk of missing the important deadline – that is, after Brexit for all those who find the entire digital application process difficult or do not even know they need to apply for a new status.
In addition, an obvious weakness is that there is no registration of EU citizens in Great Britain and the government cannot verify how many people are in the country and, in principle, have to apply.
The EU settlement plan was a great success because it created a fast and efficient system that reached a large number of people. But it is now entering a phase that requires critical handling, and the government needs to be pragmatic and flexible in difficult situations, ”said Catherine Bernard, deputy director of Think Tank. To date, more than five million people have applied for immigration status in the UK – more than originally expected.